How to tweet your favorite athlete

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Rules for Tweeting your favorite athlete.

Twitter is a form of social media that allows us to seamlessly connect with professional athletes, fans and sports journalism professionals. I believe that many fans are not challenged with reaching out to his or her favorite athlete. They are challenged with eliciting a response. I chose to discuss a few of the rules I believe are the most helpful.

Rule #1 Do not ask the athlete a question that can be answered with basic internet research. Instead, you should ask a question that is more specific. For example, “do you have any pre-game rituals?” This is a question that is unique and you can only get the answer from that individual.

Rule #2 Always use “ hashtags” Twitter is extremely helpful because you can log on an any given time and see what people around the world are talking about. This is also known as “trending.” When you attach a hashtag to the tweet it basically giving the tweet a topic. Once the tweet is related to a popular topic it will become more visible in the world of Twitter.

Rule #3 Do not limit yourself to athletes.  All too often people will limit themselves to one athlete. If you want to genuinely engage in conversation on Twitter you must make yourself more visible.  When a professional sports team sets up a Twitter account the purpose is to interact with the fans. On the other hand, professional athletes have Twitter accounts for their own personal use and to interact. If you can generate a conversation on Twitter with a professional sports organization it will become more visible to the athletes.


About Pat Terwilliger

Senior at the University of Oregon. Communications major and a minor in Business Administration.
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2 Responses to How to tweet your favorite athlete

  1. jkeylon11 says:

    I agree with all of your rules to tweet athletes. They are all great guidelines to create a great fan base of followers and a unique interaction with a favorite athlete.

  2. Nicholas says:

    I agree with your statements. I have seen a lot of people tweet without using hashtags. If you do not hashtag, your tweet will be lost and become unknown. It is important to engage in your conversations to become more visible. Now the next question is, how many athletes actually use their own Twitter accounts and respond to their audience?

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